Volition Inc., in concert with developer 3000 AD, announced today the impending release of Descent: Freespace: Coliseum for the Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA). The new game collects familiar Freespace ships and lore on an innovative new one-dimensional 'back and forth' playing field. Executive Producer Shaun Nickel says that the game is sure to appeal to both the existing fans, and as many as another two.
"We've got Terrans, we've got Vasudans, we've got mining robots -- what's not to love?" He added: "Plus, it has really, really big ships!"
# With up to 17 players, Freespace Coliseum offers the largest multi-player melee experience to date on Xbox Live Arcade.
The first screenshot is already available!:
# 5 types of gameplay: single player, extra single player, multi-team, multi-player free for all and both one on one and multi-player duel
# 9 maps, including team maps, free for all maps and dueling maps
# 19 ships in ten environments
Soon Wing Commander won't be the only Origin-created property to get the hollywood treatment - Crusader will be making the transition to the silver screen courtesy of Uwe Boll. The German director is famous for creating movies based on games, and even now is currently working on Dungeon Siege, Postal, and Far Cry movies. Crusader started life in the mid-90s as a third person isometric shooter for the PC, and centered on a main character known as a Silencer and his fight against a corrupt World Economic Consortium. Uwe had this to say on his website:
I'm really excited about being able to work on a Crusader movie. I had originally wanted to make a movie based around the exploits of the Boba Fett character, but George Lucas gave me hell. Then I remembered this game I used to play with an identical character and decided to make a movie on that. We're going to try and get someone heroic like Matthew Lillard to play the Bounty Hunter and he'll be fighting some very cool monsters. In the games you were always fighting robots, robots, robots, and so I said enough! The fans want to see beautiful women, so we are hiring many beautiful prostitutes to play the aliens. You will see, this will be the biggest thing yet.
The movie, provisionally titled Crusader: No Shame, is slated for release in early 2009.
To celebrate the recent announcement of Wing Commander Arena, here is a pack of commemorative wallpapers that highlight key headlines that were in the news. Famous updates such as "First Arena Screenshots" and "ESRB Announces Arena Rating" are all included. This is a great way to relive some exciting times all day long. You can find similarly awesome background images in our Wallpapers section.
Reports have surfaced that Akkbar has packed up all his things and rushed to Alaska to strike it rich. After staking a claim near the Klondike River, he's discovered that he's 110 years too late and no gold is to be found. He's now in the process of selling off his Wing Commander collection to pay for a ticket home.